Paulo Casagrande is the leader of the antitrust and competition practice group at Trench Rossi Watanabe, one of the main law firms in Brazil, and has 20 years of professional experience, in both the private and public sectors.
He was the first ever head of the bid-rigging unit at the Secretariat of Economic Law of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice (SDE), the agency then in charge of investigating cartels before the reorganisation of the Brazilian Competition Defence System in 2012. During his stint at the government, he conducted several investigations with other enforcement agencies (such as the federal police), and also represented the Secretariat at the meetings of the OECD’s competition committee, and the National Strategy to Fight Corruption and Money Laundering (ENCCLA).
While in the private bar, Paulo was a partner at leading international and Brazilian law firms, and has a deep knowledge of several industries and a broad business vision. He has been representing clients in complex merger reviews and investigations of alleged anticompetitive practices before the Brazilian competition authorities, as well as in advising companies in infrastructure and network industries concerning pending legislation and regulatory initiatives. Paulo also accumulates extensive experience in assisting tech and telecom companies active in dynamic digital markets.
Such professional activities are coupled with significant academic credentials. Paulo holds a double LLM degree from the Universities of Manchester (UK) and Hamburg (Germany), and a PhD in economic law from the University of São Paulo (USP). He is regularly invited as a lecturer on postgraduate courses, and has published extensively on antitrust and regulatory issues. He is the co-author of a widely cited competition law manual in Brazil.